Post-Game Notes: (20/20) New Mexico 93, Fresno State 77
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/13/2014

Streaks and trends

*New Mexico defeated Fresno State 93-77 to advance to the Mountain West semifinals for the fifth consecutive year. 

*New Mexico now has 12 win away from The Pit, third-most in school history.

*New Mexico is now 21-2 when leading at the half.

*UNM is now 22-3 when shooting above 40% this season, 42-4 in the last 46, and 66-5 in the last three seasons.

*UNM's streak of holding 13 straight opponents under its scoring average ended.

*New Mexico has gone 25-4 in its last 29 games vs. MW teams, with the four losses by combined eight points, and all with a chance for UNM to take the lead in the final 30 seconds.

In-Game Notes

*The Lobos led at the break 49-35.  It was only the fourth time in the last 19 games that a team has scored 35 or more in the opening half against UNM.

*The 49 points was the second-most in an opening half this season, and the fourth-most in a half overall.

*Combined with the previous half against Fresno State, UNM scored 150 points over a 60 minute span.

*In the last three halves against Fresno State the two teams combined for a ridiculous 137 free throws.

Head Coach Craig Neal        

*Improved to 25-6 in his career, and he surpassed his former boss Steve Alford for the most wins ever by a first-year head coach.  Alford went 24-9 in 2007-08.

*He is three wins away from moving into the top 10 in NCAA history for most wins ever by a first year head coach in Division I history.

Junior C Alex Kirk                  

*Scored 21 points, his most ever in a Mountain West Tournament game, and his fifth 20-point game of the season.

*Remained ninth on the career rebounds list with 657.

*Is sixth on the single-season blocked shots list with 82.

Senior F Cameron Bairstow

*Scored 21 points, his 30th double-figure scoring game of the season

*Passed Johnny Brown, Charlie Thomas and Roman Martinez on the career scoring list with 1,175 points, moving him to 21st.

*Recorded his eighth double-double of the season and 10th of his career with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

*Is now 8th on the single-season scoring list with 630 points, passing Luc Longley.

*Now has 612 rebounds, good for 15th on the career list.

*10th player in school history with 1,100 points and 600 rebounds.

*Now has 20 20-point games this season.  Last year the Lobos as a team had just 16 20-points games as a group.

 Senior G Kendall Williams

*Is now fourth in career games played at UNM with 134.

*Scored 17 points and passed Luc Longley for sixth on the school career scoring list with 1,778

*Became the eighth player in school history with 200 career three-pointers made.

*Is now one made free throw away from tying Phil Smith for the most made free throws in New Mexico history.


Freshman G Cullen Neal

*Scored seven points on a pair of made field goals. UNM is now 18-0 when he records at least two field goals in a game and just 7-6 when he doesn't.

*Had a career-high two steals.​